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13 Powerful Tips for Networking at an Association Event

The ability to comfortably network at events is a powerful skill for association professionals. It allows you to connect with potential employers, clients, and other professionals in your field. However, for some, the idea of networking can be daunting. 

With networking events happening all the time, we thought this would be the perfect time to share helpful tips on making the most of all the great connections!

Here are thirteen tips to help you make the most of this, and future, events.

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Fall is in the Air – Time to Check Out Blacksburg, VA!

As the leaves start to change color and the air gets a little crisper, that can only mean one thing – fall is here! And there’s no better place to enjoy all that fall has to offer than Blacksburg, Virginia. 

Blacksburg has something for everyone this season, from football games and concerts to outdoor activities and Halloween fun. So whether you’re a local looking for something to do or a visitor looking to experience all this charming town has to offer, check out these fall events in Blacksburg.

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Go Hokies! New Head Coach Brings Excitement to Virginia Tech Football

Since joining the ACC in 2004, the Virginia Tech Hokies have been one of the most successful football programs in the conference. But, after a challenging couple of seasons, fans are ready for a change.

Enter new head coach Brent Pry.

Pry, who comes to Blacksburg after a successful stint as defensive coordinator at Penn State, inherits a talented Virginia Tech team.

Hokies are ready for an exciting season ahead!

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Empower Your Team, Plus Other Great Tips for Improving Productivity

The role of a leader in the workplace is to get the best out of every employee. Ensuring your workers reach their full potential enables your organization to realize its short and long-term goals. For any organization to achieve optimum production efficiency, all employees should work together in harmony. 

With some great suggestions from our regional sales manager, Debbie Simpson, here are several tricks you can use for improving team performance among your employees.

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6 Virginia Road Trip Ideas You (and Your Travel Mates!) Will Love

What’s more adventurous than a road trip? Summer and fall are the best times of year to jump in the car and head out to explore a region you’ve never had a chance to visit, or to rediscover one of your favorite destinations. If you’re looking for some inspiration, Virginia is a great state to road trip through.

Here are six ideas to get you started on the Virginia road trip of a lifetime!

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New Office Etiquette in the Age of Remote Work

We’ve reached a turning point in how we work. In a recent Gallup poll, approximately half of U.S. workers report that their current job can be done remotely, at least part of the time, resulting in 42% having a hybrid schedule and 39% working entirely from home.

When considering future work arrangements, about 53% expect a hybrid schedule, and 24% expect to work exclusively remotely. Compared to pre-pandemic numbers, we’ll have a new office environment that doubles the number of people working remotely.

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Summer in a College Town: Blacksburg is Not Just for Hokies

If Virginia is for lovers, then the Blue Ridge Highlands is for lovers of beauty. 

Blacksburg, Virginia is strategically nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and if you’re in love with beauty and life, it’s a terrific location to enjoy a summer getaway. 

Blacksburg has all the vibrancy and opportunities for enjoyment afforded in most college towns. Home to loyal students and Hokies. However, you don’t have to be a Hokie to enjoy Summer 2022 in Blacksburg! 

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The INNside Scoop: Getting to Know Damon Strickland of The Inn at Virginia Tech

This week, Cory Falter of the InnSync Show sat down with Damon Strickland, the new General Manager of the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Not only has Damon been in hospitality for the past 14 years with Crestline Hotels & Resorts, but he is also a fellow Hokie.

As a Virginia native and graduate of Virginia Tech, Damon truly understands our love of this amazing community and we’re thrilled he is on board.

Cory asked Damon about his new role at the Inn, and he shared some great stories about his experience in hospitality and what it takes to be a successful hospitality manager. 

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Virginia Tech Graduation 2022 – Here Are Your Weekend Plans

Congratulations Hokies! You’ve made it! Here we are ready to celebrate Virginia Tech Graduation 2022.

Graduation is a remarkable milestone and an outstanding achievement. This is a significant milestone to mark your lifelong accomplishments; this is a weekend to honor them!

There are plenty of options to mark your graduation weekend, from sharing moments with your family like picnics, taking photos, and dining at the local restaurants.